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the latest innovations. >> tomorrow on "washington journal," atlantic editor at large steve clemons and gary schmitt discuss former nebraska senator chuck hagel. and we talk about the book "breakout nations" exploring what makes economies breakout or break down. "washington journal" live at 7:00 a.m. eastern live on c-span. >> now a discussion about legalizing marijuana and federal state relations. colorado and washington state recently legalized the recreation nal use of marijuana but it continues to be illegal under federal law. this brookings event is just over an hour and a half. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> welcome, everybody. thank you very much for coming. my name is jonathan roush. i'm a guest scholar in governance studies here at brookings. it's very good of you to come on a cold day when so much else is going on in washington. some of you may have heard the two states that legalized marijuana. the news may have trickled out that washington and colorado did this in november. there has been some di
want to do a lightning round? >> my name is steve with the marijuana policy project and was one of the lead drafters of the initiative in colorado. hi, troy. >> good to see you. [laughter] >> the law in 2010 mandated background checks for owners of dispensaries. the owners are completely felony-free and legitimate. we just want policymakers to know that. that leads into my question about the process. the obama administration has not attempted to meet with the drafters of the initiative or any stakeholders in colorado or washington. i am wondering whether you think that is an inappropriate way to settle the conflict. >> they have been busy lately. >> any others? the gentleman here. let's make them quick. >> neil franklin, director of law enforcement against prohibition. we hear about leadership. we have been impotent congress. the leadership there. this is an opportunity for the president and his latitude. i know the executive branch, enforcing the law, but what can he do? i hope these answers get to him. >> let's go to the gentleman in the beard. we also have a couple tweets. >>
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